Keeping your best buddy free of fleas and ticks is one of the easiest ways you can keep your pet happy and healthy.
Ticks and fleas are parasites which feed off of your pet’s blood and can cause infection or spread disease. Ticks, in particular, are a concern for humans as they can transmit Lyme disease and cause a wide variety of health problems in people as well as pets.
It is easier to prevent flea and tick infestations than it is to deal with an active infestation as clearing your pet and your household from parasites can be a time consuming and expensive endeavor.
There are many products and natural remedies which claim to protect your dog from fleas and ticks but are they all what they’re cracked up to be or are they dangerous to you and your canine companion?
Check with your Vet
It is always best to check with your vet prior to beginning any treatment on your furry pal. Many products on the market are poorly formulated and either doesn’t provide enough protection or are so strong they are dangerous to your pets’, other animals’, and your families’ health. While products you see in the pet aisles of many retail stores are said to work well and be safe, this is not always the case. Some breeds are particularly sensitive to certain chemicals and not every product is for every dog.
Generally, vets tend to recommend products like Frontline Plus, Revolution, or Advantage. These products are easy-to-use, well-trusted, and address the prevention of multiple types of parasites. Many prevent infestation by fleas and ticks in addition to more dangerous parasites like heart worms which can cause death.
These products may come in pre-measured vials which are applied between the shoulders of your dog or may come in a soft chew pill form. Such products are convenient as they generally only need to be used once every month or two depending on the product and will keep your pet protected from parasites in between doses.
Natural and organic options are available for those who wish to stay away from products containing chemicals. They generally consist of various oils with pest repellent qualities such as oil of lemongrass, cinnamon, sesame, or castor.
Other remedies involve using recipes made with Avon Skin So Soft, garlic, or other items not normally associated with repelling pests. These treatments may be available in prepared formulas for purchase or you may wish to use a recipe that you believe works based on information from someone who has used it.
These products generally require a bit more effort and frequency on your part but may be worth trying if you are against using chemical products.
Grooming and bathing
Part of ensuring your pet is free from pests comes in the form of regular grooming and bathing of your dog. These occasions allow you to show your pooch some extra love and attention while making sure their fur is clean, free of dirt and tangles, and free from signs of any pests.
The amount of time grooming and cleaning your pet takes depends entirely on the type of dog you have. Some breeds are generally low maintenance and don’t require much effort while others will require brushing several times a week.
Check for active infestations of pests while you groom your pet and address any pest infestations as quickly as possible to prevent larger issues.